TORONTO (AP) -- David Ortiz wants to become the first designated
hitter to win an MVP award.
"I'm just trying to break the rules," Ortiz said. "As soon as
they bring my name up they said. `Oh, he's a DH. I don't think he
deserves it because he's a DH." That's fine with me. I never saw
anybody win the MVP because they won the Gold Glove and hit .230.
You win the MVP because you help your ballclub, you win games
whenever your team needs it and because you put up some numbers."
Ortiz drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who remained 2½ games
ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.
With the score 3-all, Bill Mueller singled with two outs and
Ortiz homered off Josh Towers (11-11), the 17th time he has tied a
game or put the Red Sox ahead. Eight of those have come in the
seventh inning or later.
Ortiz homered for the third straight game and topped his
previous high for homers, set last year. He has 38 as a designated
hitter, one more than the major league record set by Seattle's
Edgar Martinez in 2000.
"This means a lot because Edgar was one of the best hitters
I've ever seen," Ortiz said.
Ortiz said he felt for teammate Gabe Kapler, who ruptured his
left Achilles' tendon while rounding second base on Tony
Graffanino's fifth-inning homer.
Kapler reached on third baseman Corey Koskie's throwing error in
the fifth, and Graffanino followed with a homer to left that tied
the score 3-3. Kapler then fell to the ground, got up on one knee
but couldn't continue.
"I just haven't really had a chance to allow to sink in," said
Kapler, who wasn't in pain after the game. "I'm sure there is
going to come a time when reality is going to hit me and I'm going
to know that it's going to be a while before I help my teammates,
and that's going to be hard for me."
After a five-minute delay, Kapler was carted off the field.
Alejandro Machado pinch ran starting at second base and finished
circling the bases.
Kapler will be evaluated in Boston on Thursday. Outfielder Adam
Hyzdu will replace him.
"He's tremendous. He's a great 10th man off the bench," David
Wells said. "He comes to play every day. He's like Charlie Hustle.
The guy goes after it with no fear. To lose him is crushing. I've
never in my 18 years seen a guy blow it out at second base on a
Boston already was missing center fielder Johnny Damon, who was
in Boston receiving treatment for a sore left shoulder. Damon hopes
to play in Thursday's home game against Oakland.
"I'm really hoping Johnny Damon shows up and is really
healthy," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Wells (13-7) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing
three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Mike Timlin pitched the
ninth for his eighth save in 14 chances.
Ortiz hit an RBI grounder in the first, but Toronto took a 2-1
lead in the second when Shea Hillenbrand hit an RBI single and
scored on Frank Menechino's double. Hillenbrand hit a run-scoring
double in the sixth for put the Blue Jays ahead 3-1.
Towers allowed five runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in
eight innings. He doesn't think Ortiz deserves to be MVP because
Ortiz doesn't usually play the field.
"They don't go through the grind other guys go through
defensively, diving after balls, chasing balls. If you make an
error, it might affect you but if you're a DH, you don't go through
any of that," Towers said. "You just hit. As good a hitter as he
is, and he's one of the best, no question, I could never vote for a
guy who doesn't do play defense."
^Notes:@ Kapler hit .247 with one home run and nine RBI this
season. ... Francona gave SS Edgar Renteria a day off. ... 2B
Orlando Hudson missed his sixth straight game because of a sprained
left ankle. He is day to day.